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July 24, 2019

The Effect of Different Lighting on Eye Health


Light Sensitivity

We’ve all experienced light sensitivity at one time or another. Actually 9/10 people experience light sensitivity in their everyday life – but that first moment when you step from a darkened room into a bright sunlight street is a million miles removed from the experience of those living with chronic photophobia from one day to the next.

While the former will deal with it by squinting for a few seconds until their eyes adjust, the latter may require prescribed medication – and there is an infinite number of levels in between. It’s important to know that light sensitivity is not an eye disease (although it may be a symptom of other underlying problems… we’ll come to these later).

Light sensitivity is linked to our exposure to all kind of light environment. And the fact is that some light are inhibiting and can potentially be harmful on the long run. This is the case of harmful blue light emitted by LEDs, as well as computer screens and smartphones. An excess of harmful blue light – if left unchecked – can damage the retina or our photoreceptors.

Light sensitivity can be caused by LEDs, as well as the blue light emitted by computer screens and smartphones. An excess of blue light – if left unchecked – can damage the retina or our photoreceptors. The sun also emits high levels of blue light (this is one reason sunglasses are so strongly recommended while outdoors – however, wearing them isn’t always practical or appropriate to every situation).

For most of us, the sensation of light sensitivity can quickly be addressed by choosing the right type of eyewear.

Who is most likely to experience higher light sensitivity?

Well, for a start, those suffering from virus-caused illnesses or migraines will be more susceptible to photophobia.

If your sensitivity to light appears extreme or worsens over a period of time, then it is advisable to seek specialist advice. Your ophthalmologist is the best place to start! He may diagnose corneal abrasion, sunburn, or contact lens irritation. Severe cases may point to a detached retina or even meningitis.

But let’s not get alarmist just yet! The good news is that, for the vast majority of people, there are straightforward solutions.

What are the solutions?

The first is to choose Transitions® Light Intelligent lenses™. Sounds technical? Well, they are indeed the result of some smart science, yet they work in the simplest of ways!

These adaptive lenses automatically adapt to changing light, going from clear to dark and every shade in between to protect your eyes and reduce eye strain and fatigue. At one moment ordinary lenses… transformed through extraordinary sensitive technology.

When Transitions® Light Intelligent lenses™ are exposed to UV light, trillions of photochromic molecules in the lens begin to change structure. This reaction is what causes the lenses to darken.

And now at MAGRABi, more than just 50 shades of standard grey, brown, and graphite green, Transitions®Signature® (and also scratch-resistant) lenses are available in a choice of 4 vibrant – and exclusive to us – new style colours including emerald, sapphire, amethyst, and amber for you to personalize any frame and express your style. And Transitions Style Colors feature exclusive Chromea7™ technology and are extra fast to fade back from dark outside to clear indoors.

They’ll protect your eyes from rapidly changing light… and keep you stylishly on-trend.

The solution for those who prefer contact lenses is to go for Acuvue lenses. ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions technology are first-of-a-kind contact lenses that – in the same way as Transitions Light Intelligent lenses – seamlessly adapt to changing light and provide all-day soothing vision.

Not only did TIME magazine name these lenses are one of the ‘Best Inventions of 2018’, but we at MAGRABi were equally quick to recognize their benefits, and we became the first eye care specialist in the Middle East to partner up with ACUVUE®  for the exclusive benefit of our customers!

All Transitions Light Intelligent lenses quickly and seamlessly adapt to balance the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, including filtering harmful blue light and blocking UV rays.

The takeaway:

Transitions Light Intelligent lenses can reduce the effects of light sensitivity for everyone and, available in a wide range of shades, they’ll keep you looking on trend.

As always, if you have a natural sensitivity to light (and many of us do), it is advisable to try to avoid harsh lighting sources. Not always possible? Then go stocked with eyeglasses fitted with Transition lenses or ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions® contact lenses… and even a wide-brimmed hat for extra style points too!

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